Mr. De Long to Mr. Seward.
Sir: Since the embarcation of the prisoners, Myers and Tunstall, I had every reason to believe that the representatives for foreign governments had failed to do their duty in reference to their subjects residing at this place, who composed the mob of the 26th ultimo, and who are under their sole and exclusive jurisdiction, and over whom their power is unlimited.
The mob was got up in the neighborhood of the residence of the consuls, in the market place, where they had a table, with pen, ink, and paper, set out in the middle of the street, signing and pledging themselves in a solemn manner to force the release of the prisoners in my custody, at all hazards.
In addition to this, I had no evidence that they had made any attempt to withdraw their subjects and keep down the mob, until they were directed to do so by the Moorish minister. I therefore addressed a circular to all the representatives, asking an explanation upon the illegal act of their subjects towards the United States consulate; a copy of the same, with their replies thereto, I have the honor to submit to the department.
The mob was mostly composed of English, French, Spanish, and Italian subjects. There was not one Moor engaged in the mob; on the contrary, the Moorish soldiers performed their duty faithfully.
Through all my trials in connexion with this transaction, Mr. John H. Drummond Hay, her Britannic Majesty’s minister resident at this place, although he was strictly neutral, was, at the same time, my true and faithful friend.
I have the honor to be, sir, your most obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.
P. S.—I shall carry with me to the latest period of my life the scenes of the 26th ultimo. I have heard of barbarian mobs in barbarian countries, but it is the first time in my life that I have ever heard of nearly the entire Christian population in a semi-barbarian country raising a mob to interfere with the acts of a Christian consul. But thank God that I have overcome all, and sustained the honor of the American flag.